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Centre for Electronic and Communications Engineering (CECE)


The goal of the Centre for Electronic and Communications Engineering (CECE) is to be the "knowledge partner of choice" to collaborating organisations. It offers engineering solutions and multimedia techniques for electronics, communications, healthcare and entertainment, and spans a wide range of diverse areas from semiconductor physics to signal processing.

The Centre delivers pure and applied research to satisfy both fundamental research and industry specific (to market ready) knowledge transfer. CECE collaborates with a wide range of large and small UK and international companies and universities.

Key features

The CECE covers a range of electronic and communications areas all linked in the 'value chain' of modern electronic systems:

  • Semiconductor device characterisation (includes infra-red thermal microscopy)
  • Microwave design
  • Electromagnetic compatibility
  • Computational and experimental electromagnetic
  • Power supply design
  • Power systems analysis
  • Error control coding
  • Video communication systems
  • Digital watermarking
  • Stereo correspondence matching (for 3D video)
  • Digital broadcast systems
  • Image and video compression


Benefits of the services provided by CECE include:

  • Solutions to healthcare issues using engineering and multimedia solutions and techniques
  • Entertainment solutions through engineering and multimedia technology
  • Communications solutions through engineering and multimedia technology
  • Solutions to electronics design and and analysis problems using engineering and multimedia techniques
  • Opportunity for fundamental research and industry specific knowledge transfer, including thermal mapping

Our experts

Dr Alistair Duffy- Group Director

Professor Raouf Hamzaoui- Professor of Media Technology

Dr Chris Oxley- Principal Lecturer

Dr Cristain Serdean- Principal Lecturer

Dr John Gow- Principal Lecturer


CECE boasts a number of specialist laboratories with national/international reputations, which are situated at De Montfort University and include:

  • Communications Laboratory- The main research laboratory for the Multimedia Communications and Signal Processing Group, a constituent research group of CECE. Work here includes network simulations and channel coding.
  • Physical Layer Laboratory (PHYlab)- Work undertaken here includes EMC testing, powered Ethernet analysis, antenna system design, data cable design and analysis. This laboratory includes vector network analyzers, spectrum analyzers and basic equipment as well as a 5 x 3 x 2.3m reverberation chamber and a powered Ethernet test rig.
  • Device Thermography and Microwave Laboratory- Houses a state-of-the-art Quantum Focus infra-red microscope with the capability extended by a proprietary IR micro-sensor technology.
  • Power Electronics Laboratory- Focuses on the electrical management of renewable and small scale power generation systems.

Who we have worked with

CECE has strong collaborations academically and with industry from around the world. Collaborations have included:

  • Nottingham University
  • Manchester University
  • Liverpool University
  • Loughborough University
  • University of Leicester
  • Polytechnic University of Barcelona
  • Ghent University
  • University of L'Aquila
  • Oklahoma State University
  • Southern Methodist University
  • Harbin Institute of Technology
  • University of Aachen
  • Bristol University
  • Cambridge University
  • Sheffield University
  • Aberdeen University
  • University of Strathclyde
  • Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne
  • Texas A&M University
  • Telecom Bretagne
  • IBM (USA)
  • ANDRO Computational Solutions
  • Filtronic Broadband
  • RFMD (USA)
  • e2v

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Contact us

Nadia Omar

Business Development Manager

De Montfort University
Faculty of Technology
Gateway House 4.64
The Gateway


T: +44 (0)116 207 8624


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